Expeditionary Fast Transport (PM8)
The Expeditionary Fast Transport program contains EPFs designed for rapid, intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment. Each EPF has a reconfigurable 20,000 square-foot mission bay that can quickly adapt to support a number of different missions from carrying containerized portable hospitals and dry cargo for humanitarian aid/disaster relief, to transporting tanks and general dry cargo. The design features a flight deck capable of landing a CH-53 helicopter, a stern ramp for vehicle access to the mission deck, and seating for 312 passengers. These vessels are crewed by civilian mariners while military personnel embark as required by mission sponsors. Ten of the planned 12 EPFs have been delivered to MSC.
High-speed transport vessels recently acquired by the Navy also belong to MSC. USNS Guam (HST 1), formerly MV Huakai, replaced the high-speed vessel Westpac Express, whose mission is to transport military personnel and cargo for the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force between Okinawa and other U.S. Pacific Command training sites. HST 2, formerly MV Alakai, is currently on an Enhanced Use Lease in Nova Scotia.